In the 21st century, obesity has alarmingly affected 5% of the country’s population. A recent study mapping global malnutrition trends has revealed that India has the third-highest number of obese and overweight people (11 % of adolescents, and 20 % of all adults) after US and China.
Have you ever noticed that some of the good things in life only happen once every year? Think, New Year, Diwali, Holi, Christmas and the one that’s quite personal, our Birthday. That makes it a pretty special event. It’s strictly limited, its day is non-negotiable (yes, you still have to go to work) and it’s something you will receive for the rest of your life. So why do we lose the magic of celebrating our birthdays as we get older? Note, this is a generalization, but if you ask the people that are around you, I think they will agree with this. As one becomes older, birthdays usually becomes a time of intense self-reflection: where am I in my life, where do I want to be, Am I Fit & Healthy, what could I improve?
Marriage is one of the most important events in an individual’s life. It is coming together of two individuals, two souls and two families. And in the Indian context, the importance and sanctity of the wedding institution can be gauged from the endless number of rituals which people love to perform to commemorate the D-Day.
Let us first say that it’s not a myth that weight loss only gets harder as you get older. Women who are trying to lose just a few kilograms will have a much harder time at 40 years than they did at 20. Simple fact is as the body changes, so too should your weight loss system.
Drink Away!: Meet your new favorite drink – H2O. Yes I’m talking about good ole water and its magical properties. It’ll zap you with energy and spirit away internal waste; leaving you feeling full (we’ll tackle sugar craving ahead). Water keeps you fresh and alert, not to mention encourages you to take that extra walk to the loo, shaking you out of your stupor.
Keep your snacks close: Yes you read that right. We are telling you to keep your snack close. As soon as you’re salty or sugary craving hits you, you must munch on yogurts, dry fruits, fruits, carrots, cucumber, hummus etc. This is the best hack. When you know your enemy then know its weaknesses too. Keep healthy snacks within reach; before you know you’re eating habits will have changed in front of your own eyes. Your nutrition intake will have increased and you’ll already be taking charge against the war on calories.
Run Run: Does this read like your fitness mantra. It is good but it’s incomplete without Strength training. Cardio is great but only cardio will let you burn only limited calories. Strengthening exercises constitutes in development of lean muscles. This will boost your metabolism Vis a Vis burn more fat.
Strength training exercises offer many variations that could commingle as cardio too. For example, while doing the Kettlebell routine you can burn about 20 calories a minute versus the same number of calories burnt by running for 6 minutes.
Clean your Gut properly, Fat-Belly kills faster(also known as visceral fat) – That extra tummy hanging off your belt that you are especially wearing now-a-days to keep your pants up, allows toxoids to ooze into your vital organs. Stats say men with cute rotund bellies die 6 times sooner than people with flat bellies. Relevant tummy diets are most recommended. Say no to Original – Remember the number of times you’ve felt that you just started on that bucket of ice-cream and 15minutes later decimated it to nothing. So take some out to save some workout.(Saves sooo much more workout!)
Brooding over your New Diet Plan – Find out what it does for you?
After reading on and on about what to eat or which version of diet to follow, it’s time to stop and understand what exactly are these diet plans trying to achieve by recommending themselves to you. Regular home-made food is mostly nutritious. Let’s do a Nutritional Level check to see how these things work out in favor of your body:-
Give a Big Hoot for Protein: The World renowned formula for weight loss and the Secret behind all slim, lean and other kind of fancy attractive, to drool for bodies, all have one thing in common; that’s Protein. It’s widely available in various forms and happens to be delicious on the palettes. Any hard core dieter will tell you this, as soon as Protein rich food touches your system; it starts charring through calorie. Amino acids will incinerate calories like God’s own blessing and then aid in building and maintaining body mass. Once more; shout it out for Protein..!!
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland usually located in the lower front of the neck below the larynx. The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones, which are secreted into our blood stream and then carried to all the tissue in the body. Thyroid hormone helps the body utilize the energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and all other organs working as they should. The main hormone made by the thyroid is thyroxin, also called T4 because it contains four iodine molecules in its structure. Small amounts of another and more potent thyroid hormone containing three iodine molecules, triiodothyronine (T3) are also made by the thyroid gland, along with T4. However, most of the T3 in the blood is made from T4 in other tissues of our body. Thyroid hormones control the way all tissues in your body uses energy. They are essential to help each cell in your body’s tissue and organs work right. For example, thyroid hormone controls the body’s temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and the rate at which food is turned into energy (metabolism).
In spite of our goals and diet plans, most of us are not satisfied with our weight loss results. So, Dr. Puneet Nayak, CMD, PrettislimTM Clinic and an Obesity Consultant points out the biggest weight loss mistakes Indians make that prevent them from reaching their weight loss goals.